Steampunk Christmas

I recently signed up for a Secret Santa swap in the Make It Crafty Facebook Group.  I got a bit of a chuckle when my partner’s name came up, and it was one of my besties from right here in Saskatoon!! Lol.  I knew that she likes Steampunk, so off I went shopping at the Make It Crafty store!  I found the Steampunk Santa House and then the gorgeous Elizabeth J, which I merged with the house.  I wanted the background to be a subtle, old look, with miss Elizabeth “popping” in the foreground.  I went to work with my SN and Copic markers, with all this detail, the reading glasses were put on a few times!!  After coloring, I did a chalk background with some shimmering Pebbles chalks (that I completely forgot I had!), and added some sparkle to the snow.  I had a really cool idea for a sweet fancy fold for this card, however, though the image was teeny when it came to coloring, it was too large for the fold I had in mind.  I decided on a simple easel card, matting the image in a browny-green CS and some patterned paper.  I set to die cutting snowflakes, using a few different sets of snowflake dies for variety.  After laying everything out, and adding a stamped and embossed sentiment, it still needed something …. so I printed, colored, and fussy cut the Steampunk Gift digi.  The house and the gift digis came in a set, with a few other images, that saved me money, and gave even more options for future makes.  It was great fun making this card…and delivering it over coffee, rather than posting it, lol.

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs – November ATG

Fab N’ Funky Challenges – #369 Fashion

Morgan’s Artworld – #22 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenges – Week 44 ATG

Winter Wonderland – Fun Folds

Birthday Bow

Hi there!  What does a card maker do when an extra special person has a birthday?? Makes an extra special card, of course!! My good friend Nicola celebrated a big birthday yesterday, so I figured it was the best time to finally make a bow card, that we’ve both been admiring for some time now.  The number of pieces in the pattern was quite intimidating, but I dove in, and it wasn’t that bad, once you started putting things together.  Nic’s favorite color is purple, and she loves dragons, so I used a few coordinating patterns from a pad, and found this beautiful image, Amethyst Dragon by Molly Harrison.  It was a real challenge coloring the image with my Copic and SN markers, as it had to be printed SO tiny, to be incorporated with the card design…got ‘er done, with a lot of breath holding, and a few breaks due to shaky hands, lol.  I found one of the hardest things to do with this card was to embellish (rather, find the embellishments my mind thought up) it.  I used black feathers, my ONE black rose, and some little flowers that I colored to match the image.  I then added some beaded silver sprigs and some punched leaves.  I was really surprised at how well this card stood when finished.  Sandra, from Sandra’s Scrapshop (store closed temporarily), certainly designed it perfectly!!

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Digi Choosday – Week 42 ATG

Lemon Shortbread – #52 ATG

Creative Moments – #129 ATG/Purple Paradise

Polkadoodles Challenge – Week 42 ATG

Glitter N’ Sparkle – #262 Color Challenge – Purple and Black

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #183 Shaped Card

In the Night

Good morning 🙂  It’s hard to believe how this month is flying by!! Already the 20th, which means Halloween will soon be here!  It also means that it’s the start of a new challenge in the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group.  The challenge is ATG with a Sheepski Designs image.  To help your pocketbook a bit, please feel free to use my discount code for your purchase:

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I decided to spook out a bit with my inspiration card, using the image Claire Bear from Andrea’s shop.  I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils, really trying to get a grungy, spooky look to her.  I distressed the edges, then inked them with black Distress Ink.  I saw this card fold on Pinterest, and decided to give it a shot for this card….turned out to be a easy peasy fold, too!!  I die cut some brick wall patterns, and added them to the side panels, after tearing and inking the edges, and spraying with some dark grey and pewter sprays.  I draped a few pieces of cheesecloth on the top, after grunging them up with ink as well.  The spiders were cut with an unbranded die, and I’ve added some red gems to make them into Black Widows.  I printed the sentiment on my computer then tore and inked the edges, before pasting it to a torn black strip.  This was attached with a few screw brads, and my zombie Halloween card was done 🙂  Super happy with the overall effect 😀

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #17 ATG

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #27 ATG

The Sketchy Challenges – #128 Halloween Theme

Glitter N’ Sparkle – #261 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of October 17

Thumbelina

Good morning everyone 🙂  Well, it’s back to work for me today, after a very nice week off 🙂  I made this card, after being inpsired by the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group‘s challenge, of Once Upon A Time.  I thought “Thumbelina”, as soon as I looked at this sweet image, Garden Daisy Fairy, by Ching-Chou Kuik. I colored her up with my SN markers, keeping to an autumnal color scheme, then cut the image out with a stiched die (unbranded).  I searched through my papers, to find a pattern that was a bit reminiscent of an old book, and found this one….I don’t know why it reminded me of a book, but it works 🙂  Then I got the brilliant idea (yes, that was sarcastic) to do some inlaid die cut corners (Cheery Lynn corner die) out of some metallic CS.  Ugh!!! Those pieces are so so so tiny, I was really giving myself heck for that bright idea by the end of it!!  The flowers are from my “scavenged” bin….ones that I’ve picked off of other items or silk flowers that I’ve dismantled.  I stacked the fluffy one, and gave it a brown brad centre, then stacked the other ones….and couldn’t find an appropriate centre.  I have some old brads, they are white fabric, with black letters on them….of course there are no “good” letters left, so I grabbed some of them, and colored some of them with a dark brown marker.  The letter still showed through, though, so I dabbed them in embossing ink, then dipped them in some Distress embossing powder, and TaDa….they even have some texture 🙂  I die cut some leaves (unbranded die) and tucked a few blue sprigs around the flowers, to finish the front of the card.  This card seemed to be the perfect opportunity to try a fold that I’ve never done before, but have been eyeing up.

This book fold 🙂  It was a bit “math-y” for me, but not so much so that it will put me off doing it again.  I printed off the once upon a time, and a fairytale birthday sentiment on some parchment printed paper, and cut them out with some of the stitched dies….for the “pages”, then added the last few flowers and leaves I had…..these flower centers are flat, but I did the same thing with the embossing 🙂  I was very happy with the result of this card 🙂  Hope you like!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Get Creative Challenge – #62 Autumn/Fall

Crafty Gals Corner – #141 Fancy Fold

Classic DT Open Challenge – September ATG

Delicious Doodles Challenge – September – Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Pop It Up